Tuesday, January 19, 2021

HBO ‘Real Sports’ To Air Segment On Sama Bajau Freedivers


HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” program will air a segment this week on the Sama Bajau, a nomadic group of people who live in the waters of Southeast Asia.

In the episode, series correspondent Jon Frankel meets two Sama Bajau, otherwise known as “Sea Gypsies,” as they show him their freediving skills.

Scientists have now documented the Sama Bajau with having a genetic predisposition in their spleens that allows them to dive as deep as 200 feet/61 meters for up to 13 minutes.

To learn more about the Sama Bajau, check out this National Geographic article.

The HBO segment, titled “The Art of Freediving,” airs July 24 at 10:00pm in the USA. Check out a teaser below.

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John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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